Skunk Cabage

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Skunk Cabage - Lysichiton americanus
Latin name:
Lysichiton americanus

Description: The foliage of this amazing herbaceous perennial is dramatic to say the least and very tropical in appearance, rising up from the ground to 1m or more tall. Each leaf is like a giant paddle, mid-green and leathery in texture and on a mature plant can be 30cm or more wide. The Skunk cabbage is so called because of the heavy musky scent given off by the attractive bright yellow inflorescences (spadix) which rise from the ground in the spring before the leaves appear.

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: 1m

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Soil: Humus rich soil

Water: Marginal aquatic that can also be grown in a watertight container if you do not have a pond

Usage: For dramatic, sultry, jungle-like effect

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